Health and Educational Resources
Health and Wellness
The Cowichan Region is well served by three hospitals, the largest of which is the Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan. A wide variety of services is available, meaning that most health issues can be addressed without leaving the valley.
In addition to several traditional medical clinics, Duncan also has a walk in clinic.
Health Units and Home Support facilities, both private and government operated, are plentiful.
For the seniors of the Cowichan Valley we have the Cowichan Seniors Care Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation established to support the needs of all seniors in the Cowichan Valley. Residential facilities that cater to every level of elder care are being constructed at a fast pace, and include the second largest on Vancouver Island.
Duncan is very much a health oriented community. To support this we have more than a dozen health and wellness clubs, a multitude of gyms and recreational facilities, and many alternative health practioners that all contribute to a healthy life style.
For more information about public health services please visit Vancouver Island Health Authority, www.viha.ca
Duncan and the surrounding region offers many options for pre and post secondary education.
There are a total of 34 schools in the Cowichan School District educating approximately 9,500 K-12 students. Twenty-one are elementary schools, four middle schools and four regular secondary schools. The district also operates five alternate schools as well as two adult education facilities.
Private schools include internationally renowned Queen Margarets and Sunrise Waldorf facilities.
Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University College) has been serving students of the Cowichan Valley for almost 50 years, and in combination with Nanaimo’s main campus, services thousands of students annually in a multitude of university degree, certificate, and diploma programs spanning Science to the Humanities to the Trades. The new campus in the heart of Duncan will be complete by 2010. The diverse student body includes recent high school graduates, career adults, corporate employees, trades apprentices, undergraduate and graduate levels, and adult basic education students. Please visit www.viu.ca